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15 May 2015

Protected Witness Describes Murder of Boy at Boskovic Trial

Albina Sorguc BIRN BiH Sarajevo

A video recording was played at today’s hearing of the Srecko Boskovic trial. The recording depicts a visit to the crime scene, as well as a protected witness known as SB-1 saying he’d heard that Boskovic killed a boy in July 1995.

SB-1 testified at the trial in January of this year. He testified in a separate room with his voice altered.

The recording was made during a visit to the Petkovci dam. According to the charges, Boskovic killed a boy, a captive from Srebrenica, with an automatic weapon at that location.

In the recording, SB-1, whose voice was altered and face blurred, said he was on the dam in 1995 and saw a boy there, who was born in 1980.

He said he heard a gunshot or two. Then he said he heard someone ask Boskovic why he killed the boy, and Boskovic allegedly responded that he killed him because he wanted to run away.

According to SB-1, Boskovic was the only person who came back from the the spot where the boy was killed.

SB-1 said Boskovic carried either an automatic or semi-automatic rifle, and was dressed in civilian clothing.

SB-1 confirmed he saw people killed in the vicinity of the dam.

At this hearing the prosecution presented a few pieces of material evidence, including letters confirming no data on Boskovic’s engagement, photographs of the Red Dam in the village of Djulici, satellite images of the site where the grave was found and a photo made after the transfer of corpses.

The defense objected to the relevance of some of the material evidence.

Srecko Boskovic, a former member of the Bosnian Serb Army, has been charged with murdering a boy in July 1995, while Serb soldiers were killing Bosniak civilians at the Red Dam in Zvornik after the fall of Srebrenica. Boskovic allegedly told the boy that he was free to leave, and then shot him with an automatic weapon.

The trial will continue on May 22.

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